The Honeybirds: Bio
Jan Smith – This songwriter and vocalist has played a number of high-caliber venues including Starr Hill Music Hall, the Gravity Lounge, the Downtown Amphitheater, and First Night Virginia in Charlottesville, VA; the Nelson County Summer Festival in Lovingston, VA; FloydFest in Floyd, VA; the Living Room in New York City; Club Passim in Boston; and Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta. Jan has opened for artists such as George Jones, Iris Dement, and Lucy Kaplansky. The scope of her performance career broadened when fans of her music began requesting it for weddings. Jan now plays regularly at weddings as well as parties and events for such companies as Ernst & Young, SNL Securities, Wintergreen Resort, Nelson County wineries, and the University of Virginia.
Jeff Vogelgesang (mandolin, lead guitar, harmony vocals) – One of Jeff’s first instruments was a left-handed banjo he built himself from a kit. Later he moved on to the mandolin and guitar but stubbornly remained a lefty. This veteran musician played for 13 years with Alvin Breeden and the Virginia Cutups, a well-respected traditional bluegrass band based in central Virginia. With the Cutups, Jeff shared stages with artists such as Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, the Osborne Brothers, and Mac Wiseman. He now satisfies his itch for traditional bluegrass by playing with The Virginia Ramblers.
Jim Skelding (fiddle) – Jim, a Richmond native, has moved back home after years in Nashville spent touring most notably with country star Martina McBride. Jim has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, including the Grand Ole Opry and David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Conan O’Brien shows. Jim plays in the studio and on stage with various groups in the Richmond area, including a recent performance with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
Mark Goldstein (bass) – Originally from New Jersey, Mark has been playing professionally for almost 20 years in the D.C. area, New York, and central Virginia. This multi-instrumentalist has played guitar with Charlottesville singer/songwriter Robin Wynn, bass with Wisconsin-based Tret Fure, and drums with alt-rockers Bleak in addition to occasional performances of his own music. Owner of Sandalwood Recording Studio in Charlottesville, Mark is a producer and recording engineer as well as a private music instructor.
Stuart Gunter (drums) – “Just say I love to play drums and good music with people I like,” said Stuart when pressed for bio details. Living in Schuyler, VA, Stuart is a veteran percussionist who has played recently with local favorites Wrinkle Neck Mules, Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun, and Sarah White. This versatile musician has also worked for 13 years with Richmond’s mod-punk-pop group, Dumm Dumms. In 2007, he was named by the Virginia Commission for the Arts as an artist-in-residence for the UVA Children’s Hospital Education Program. His work can also be heard on Robin and Linda Williams’ 2000 release, “In the Company of Strangers.”